STUDY OF MULTI-FUNCTION SENSORS FOR GUIDANCE SUBSYSTEMS.
Final rept., 1 July 62-30 June 63,
GENERAL PRECISION INC TARRYTOWN N Y
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The purpose of the program is the ultimate development of multi-function sensors for spacevehicle guidance and navigation. Experimental and analytical investigations of the extension of the GPL area correlation technique from terrain matching to simultaneous star field and beacon tracking in the context of a space rendezvous mission were conducted. It was indicated that the extension was a feasible one. Simultaneous dual-mode star field and beacon tracking was successfully demonstrated in the laboratory. A development program for a feasibility model to be tested against a real star is recommended as the next step in the achievement of a multifunction sensor capable of terrain matching and simultaneous star field and beacon tracking. Author